The American Attitude Toward the Great Powers
IF ATTENTION is now directed to the opinion of Americans toward France, Russia, and England, light will be cast upon some very interesting aspects of the topic, particularly as it applies to England. Dr. Elizabeth White has presented the results of an investigation into the American attitude toward France in a most satisfactory manner,1 and it is unnecessary to traverse the field again, except to point out certain of its more pertinent features.
In common with the other restored rulers in Europe, the Bourbons were hated by Americans, and their downfall was desired. The institutions which they attempted to reëstablish aroused the ridicule of the American press,2 and the "legitimacy" of the royal court and the priesthood were condemned without reservation. The remnants of pro-Napoleonic sentiment in America heightened this feeling and caused considerable friction between the two governments.3____________________